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Holly Cole hit the scene just before the whole Great American Songbook thing took off, a time when every pop star able to carry a melody in a paper bag decided they needed to be taken seriously as an artist. Don’t blame Cole, though. She understood jazz phrasing, knew the difference between sexy and garish, and had no problem treating works by Cole Porter and Tom Waits w…

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Schubert’s “Die Schoene Muellerin” – the German translates to “The Beautiful Maid of the Mill” – on the surface is a simple, tragic love story, but Schubert’s music makes the chain of sentimental poems into something much greater. The songs tell the story of a love affair, beginning with cheer and adventure and then blossoming into romance. Then things take…

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Schubert’s “Die Schoene Muellerin” – the German translates to “The Beautiful Maid of the Mill” – on the surface is a simple, tragic love story, but Schubert’s music makes the chain of sentimental poems into something much greater. The songs tell the story of a love affair, beginning with cheer and adventure and then blossoming into romance. Then things take…

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ClassicalReinhold GliereSymphony No. 3 (‘Il’ya Muromets’)The Buffalo Philharmonic conducted by JoAnn Falletta[Naxos]∆∆∆∆Until this disc, one might have said with all confidence that the finest single moment of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on record was, without question, Michael Tilson Thomas leading the BPO in the double record set of the complete work…

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ClassicalReinhold GliereSymphony No. 3 (‘Il’ya Muromets’)The Buffalo Philharmonic conducted by JoAnn Falletta[Naxos]∆∆∆∆Until this disc, one might have said with all confidence that the finest single moment of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on record was, without question, Michael Tilson Thomas leading the BPO in the double record set of the complete work…

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Every couple of years, when smooth jazz trumpet player Chris Botti appears in Buffalo, it’s like a glittering trip back to the 1990s. Last time he was here, in 2011, he charmed the crowd with his coiffed blond hair, his dapper suit and his glossy, virtuosic music. He spoke of the Rolling Stones, Bill Clinton, Celine Dion and Toni Braxton. And of Sting, who helped launch …

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Every couple of years, when smooth jazz trumpet player Chris Botti appears in Buffalo, it’s like a glittering trip back to the 1990s. Last time he was here, in 2011, he charmed the crowd with his coiffed blond hair, his dapper suit and his glossy, virtuosic music. He spoke of the Rolling Stones, Bill Clinton, Celine Dion and Toni Braxton. And of Sting, who helped launch …

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In the world of smooth jazz, Earl Klugh is a king.I refer to “smooth jazz” in the nonpejorative sense, it should be noted – Klugh is not Kenny G, after all, but is instead a virtuosic guitarist with a hard-earned and finely detailed approach to finger-style nylon string guitar playing. That he favors melodies that even a listener not trained in the harmonic complexit…

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In the world of smooth jazz, Earl Klugh is a king.I refer to “smooth jazz” in the nonpejorative sense, it should be noted – Klugh is not Kenny G, after all, but is instead a virtuosic guitarist with a hard-earned and finely detailed approach to finger-style nylon string guitar playing. That he favors melodies that even a listener not trained in the harmonic complexit…

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A former rock music mecca is coming back to life as a concert venue and events center.The Showplace Theatre, the movie theater-turned-concert hall that reigned from 1994 to 2008, will reopen following an extensive renovation by new owner Joe “Roxbury” Breidenstein, owner of the Roxbury dance club in West Seneca from 2000 to 2005.“It’s a landmark here in Buffalo, an…

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A former rock music mecca is coming back to life as a concert venue and events center.The Showplace Theatre, the movie theater-turned-concert hall that reigned from 1994 to 2008, will reopen following an extensive renovation by new owner Joe “Roxbury” Breidenstein, owner of the Roxbury dance club in West Seneca from 2000 to 2005.“It’s a landmark here in Buffalo, an…

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RockLittle Feat, Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971-1990 (13 CD box set; Rhino). All too often overlooked when it comes to rock ’n’ roll revisionism, the work of Little Feat stands as some of the most inspired and consistently soulful rock music of the 1970s. You can still hear the band’s influence in the world of jam-based rock, from Phish to Galactic a…

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RockLittle Feat, Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971-1990 (13 CD box set; Rhino). All too often overlooked when it comes to rock ’n’ roll revisionism, the work of Little Feat stands as some of the most inspired and consistently soulful rock music of the 1970s. You can still hear the band’s influence in the world of jam-based rock, from Phish to Galactic a…